The No 1

Tribute to

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Andi Bagnali  (vocal, guitar)

My first influence in music was my father

 

he was a singer in the 60's and 70's and as a snotty nosed kid I'd sit in the wings and watch, it looked like a good job to do.

 

My early band influences were bands like the jam and madness,  also the specials and of course UB40.

 

I auditioned for stars in their eyes in 1995 and got the call to say I was on the show and so I won my place on the live final which was a little daunting considering the only place I'd sung before was in the bath lol. After the final i joined a band and played the tribute circuit for 20yrs touring all over the uk, Europe and the Middle East.

 

One of my best memories was in 2001 when we were selected from hundreds of tribute bands to compete for the title of britains best tribute band in the BBC special 'Battle of the fantasy bands' the show was hosted by Terry wogan and ulrika Johnson,

 

we won the title of Best soundalike tribute band in the country which was nice.

 

Another great memory was working with pulp frontman Jarvis cocker in 2003 when he asked me to perform on the pulp single 'bad cover version' which is still available in most good record shops.

 

The highlights of my career to date has to be supporting "lee evans" in Dublin, "echo and the bunnymen"in London, and "Go west" in Bognor.

 

I'm very privileged to have worked with and met so many different people from all differant cultures and walks of life and I'm looking forward to meeting a few more before I hang up my mic. Hope to see you at a show soon!!

 

Big Love

 

Andi x

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